The Word is “Horde”, not “Hoard”: A Zombie Public Service Announcement from

One of my biggest pet peeves is the rampant misuse of the word “hoard” when people refer to zombies. I’m not trying to be a grammar Nazi here but I feel it is my responsibility to help clear things up for zombie fans everywhere.  This error is so common I feel like we could all use a short lesson on the difference between a horde and a hoard.

If you are referring to a crowd, or large number, of zombies the word you would use to describe this would be “horde” and NOT “hoard”.  To understand why let’s look at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definitions for both words:


Definition of HORDE

1     a : a political subdivision of central Asian nomads
       b : a people or tribe of nomadic life
2:  a teeming crowd or throng : swarm

Definition of HOARD

noun:   a supply or fund stored up and often hidden away.
verb:     to lay up a hoard of.    

As you can clearly see, referring to a hoard of zombies is just plain wrong. It would be a horde of zombies. Likewise 99% of the time the phrase “zombie hoard” is wrong too.  Unless of course you happen to be referring to one of those rare members of the undead who likes to store things. Then, as long as you are talking about that zombie’s supply of stashed away brains or other possessions, the phrase “zombie hoard” would be perfectly acceptable.

In the end it doesn’t really matter all that much, but here at we get tired of seeing so many people use the wrong word so frequently.  Most of the time the correct word to use with zombies is going to be “horde”. When an actual horde of zombies is chasing you it doesn’t matter all that much but at least now you know…and knowing is half the battle!

3 thoughts on “The Word is “Horde”, not “Hoard”: A Zombie Public Service Announcement from

  1. Thx – won’t make that mistake!

  2. Thanks for clearing that up….

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